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Mediterranean Diet Found To Boost Bone Formation In Older People

August 15, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Eating a Mediterranean diet enriched with olive oil over a long period of time may have a protective effect on bones, an Italian study to be published in October finds. The study – it was originally designed to determine the diet’s impact on cardiovascular disease – included 127 men aged 55 to 80 years whose diet patterns were followed for two years. Researchers measured a variety of biomarkers, including cholesterol, triglycerides and osteocalcin, a bone formation marker. They found that only consumption of the Mediterranean diet with olive oil was associated with a significant increase in concentration of total osteocalcin and other bone formation markers.
José Manuel Fernández-Real et al., "A Mediterranean Diet Enriched with Olive Oil Is Associated with Higher Serum Total Osteocalcin Levels in Elderly Men at High Cardiovascular Risk", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, August 15, 2012, © Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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